Sydney’s Best Summer Date Bars (2017)

Sydney’s Best Summer Date Bars (2017)
If you’re looking to woo someone special this summer, you’re going to need some top-notch date destinations up your sleeve. Whether you’re planning your first Tinder meet-up, or cruising around in ‘new relationship’ territory, the venue you choose can make or break a date. So, from stylish cocktail bars, to bigger venues, with enough buzz to take the pressure off your own conversation skills, here’s our pick of Sydney’s best summer date bars.

Cake Wines Cellar Door – Redfern


If your date’s a wine-lover, then you’re bound to impress them with a visit to Cake Wines Cellar Door. Here, an eclectic entertainment program means the summer date-night options are endless – find a quiet corner to bond over rosé, pizza, and charcuterie; catch a midweek live jazz session; or show off your moves on the dance floor, while enjoying one of the banging Friday night DJ sets.

Zeta Bar – CBD


Anyone who’s experienced Zeta Bar’s iconic balcony, knows it’s one of the most romantic spots going around, and what better time to enjoy its al fresco charms, than on a balmy summer evening? Date-night here is a no-brainer – with the killer views, world-class cocktails, and those twinkling city lights as the backdrop, it’s a solid bet your lover will be head over heels in no time.

The Dolphin Hotel – Surry Hills


With its hip, designer get-up, and casual-chic vibes, The Dolphin makes an ideal summer date destination; and even more so if your lover’s got a thing for great food and wine. You can keep things chill with pizzas and cocktails in the light-filled The Terrace; opt for some fancy snacks and vino in the Wine Room; or really blow their mind, with some spectacular feasting in the restaurant.

Sweethearts Rooftop – Potts Point


The best way to counteract any awkward first date silences, is to pick a spot with plenty of buzz and a lively crowd. Not short on ambiance, Sweethearts Rooftop is a primo choice for that summertime romancing – opt for laidback afternoon brews in the sun, fun Mexican eats and cocktails at dinner, or some treats from the tequila menu when you really want to kick things up a notch.

SoCal – Neutral Bay


Who could resist some beachy, California-style surfer vibes, teamed with a few holiday-worthy cocktails? Over in Neutral Bay, SoCal is summer date perfection; its colourful open-air deck and lively Cali-inspired menu both as upbeat as they come. Grab a table amongst the palm fronds, order yourselves the share-friendly Caliente Punch, and get that date off to a ripper start.

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room – CBD


While probably not the most subtle choice, The Morrison’s a winner when it comes to summer date destinations. Even aside from the obvious value of piles of delicious oysters, this stylish spot is a crowd-pleaser, offering top-notch cocktails, elegant eats, and plenty of intimate corners in which to enjoy them. Time your visit right to enjoy specials like $12 Espresso Martinis, $10 burgers, and 1 buck oysters.

The Sheaf – Double Bay


The Sheaf is brimming with date night potential, offering an array of couple-worthy spots for drinking, dining, and canoodling. Tables in the beer garden put you at the heart of the action; the Garden Bar has cosy booths and live tunes all week long; and the couches in the Terrace Bar are perfect for those quieter conversations. There’s even a cocktail bar, where the two of you can steal away for some low-key, late-night libations.

The Vic on the Park – Marrickville


If you’re after a summer date spot that’s as easygoing as you are, then Marrickville legend The Vic is well worth a look in. Here, the two of you might spend the arvo catching sun and sinking beers on the sprawling deck, or you might find yourselves bonding over a shared love of music at one of the regular live gigs. And if the date does go south, well, there’s always plenty of four-legged pals here to befriend instead.

Since I Left You – CBD


Date-night at this CBD gem is bound to score you a few brownie points, thanks to the magical fairylit courtyard and the ace line-up of live tunes. The produce-driven menu is designed for sharing and the space oozes easy-going elegance. What’s more, those folks behind bar are whipping up some truly excellent signature cocktails, and what better way to calm those first date jitters?

The Hive Bar – Erskineville


Guaranteed to charm just about anyone’s socks off, Erskineville’s Hive Bar is what you’d call solid summer date material. Here, you and your paramour can bond over great craft beer, great cocktails, and great tunes, while soaking up whatever DJ set, gig, or show is happening that night. Share a laugh at Thursday night comedy, or enjoy a Sunday session of Bloody Marys and reggae beats.